Monday, March 30, 2009

Heartless Bastards

Dayton, OH trio that plays smokey blues rock that dares you not to knod your head slowly in supreme approval.

Managed by C3 and booked by Don Muller, we are sure to hear about these guys in the months to come.

Here are a few songs below off their new album The Mountain, along with a complete live set from SXSW courtesy of the good people at NPR.

Heartless Bastards- Out To Sea

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Heartless Bastards- The Mountain

Heartless Bastards- Hold Your Head High

Thenewno2- Live Amoeba In-Store - 3/31

Dhani Harrison's band Thenewno2 plays a free show at Amoeba Music in Hollywood on Tuesday at 7pm. Yes, he is George Harrison's son and he sounds a lot like him vocally, but the band's low-fi electronic blues sound is all 21st century.

Their debut album You Are Here is out now on Vagrant Records.

Thenewno2- Bluesy

Thenewno2- Another John Doe

Thenewno2- Give You Love

Friday, March 27, 2009

Friday Hotness #80

Daniel Merriweather- Chainsaw

Woodhands- Dancer (CFCF Remix)

Ladyhawke- Danny and Jenny (B Side)

Wale- Chillin' feat Lady GaGa

Thursday, March 26, 2009

LA Concert Calendar: Week of March 26th

Thursday 3/26
Alaska In Winter, Juliette Commagere @ Bordello
Rhett Miller @ Largo
These Arms Are Snakes @ Echoplex
The Airborne Toxic Event @ Glass House
Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks @ El Rey Theatre
PRE, The Mae Shi @ The Smell
The Bronx @ Galaxy Concert Theatre
Iglu & Harly @ Detroit Bar
The Tallest Man on Earth @ Troubadour
Early Man @ Spaceland
Great Northern @ Roxy Theatre
Illinois, Kenan Bell @ The Echo
Craig Owens (of Chiodos) @ Knitting Factory
Forbidden @ Key Club

Friday 3/27
The AP Tour (3oh!3, The Maine, Family Force 5) @ Avalon
New Found Glory @ HOB Anaheim
Wild Child @ Galaxy Concert Theatre
Cold War Kids, Crystal Antlers @ Orpheum Theatre
Louis C.K. @ Wiltern
The Asteroids Galaxy Tour @ The Echo
The Takeover UK @ Spaceland
Pelican @ Troubadour
Los Lobos @ Conga Room
Girlie Girl Cat Fight (Lucha Va Voom) @ El Rey Theatre

Saturday 3/28
Prince @ Nokia Theatre, Club Nokia, Conga Room
Billy Joel & Elton John @ Honda Center
Fear @ Galaxy Concert Theatre
California Metal Fest @ The Grove of Anaheim
Sweet & Tender Hooligans @ Detroit Bar
Madeleine Peyroux @ Club Nokia
New Found Glory @ Avalon
AIDS Wolf @ The Smell
Paid Dues Festival @ National Orange Show Grounds
Suicidal Tendencies @ Hollywood Palladium
Axis of Justice @ Henry Fonda Theatre
Alesana @ El Rey Theatre
Emery @ Troubadour
Bill Maher @ Gibson Amphitheatre
Blleeding Through @ Key Club
Tom Morello, Slash, Shooter Jennings, Serj Tankian @ The Fonda

Sunday 3/29
Sum 41 @ Glass House
Lil Wayne @ Gibson Amphitheatre
The Homosexuals @ The Echo
Neil Hamburger @ Spaceland
Rasputina @ Troubadour
DJ Quik @ Key Club

Monday 3/30
Billy Joel & Elton John @ Honda Center
Steel Panther @ Key Club
Emiliana Torrini @ Troubadour

Tuesday 3/31
Less Than Jake / The Expendables @ Avalon
Plain White T's @ Glass House
thenewno2 @ Amoeba Music
Tom Morello @ The Grammy Museum

Wednesday 4/1
William Tell @ Knitting Factory
Candlebox @ Roxy Theatre
The Rakes, Fol Chen @ Troubadour
Tijuana Panthers @ Silverlake Lounge
White Denim, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart @ Spaceland
Gavin Degraw @ El Rey Theatre

Getting Excited For Coachella Yet?

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fitz & The Tantrums

LA based band that has a great Mark Ronson/Daptones neo-oldies thing going on.

Go see them live on 3/31 at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood.

DOWNLOAD: Fitz & The Tantrums- Breakin' The Chains Of Love

DOWNLOAD: Fitz & The Tantrums- Don't Gotta Work It Out

Fitz & The Tantrums Performing LIVE! that's right LIVE!!! "Breakin' the Chains of Love" from Fitz&theTantrums on Vimeo.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Podcast #1


Check this out on iTunes on the Podcasts page, it should be up in a day or two. Hopefully this will be a regular thing for the blog, tell me what you think.

Big ups to the good people at Blue Microphones for hooking up their Snowball Microphone.


Miike Snow- Animal
Faunts- Feel. Love.Thinking. Of
Dave Sitek- With A Girl Like You
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart- Stay Alive
Thunderheist- Jerk It (Nacho Lovers Remix)
Matt & Kim- I Wanna
Kid Cudi & Consequence- Buggin' Out 2009
The Tough Alliance- In The Kitchen
The Helio Sequence- Can't Say No
Calvin Harris- I'm Not Alone (Deadmau5 Remix)
Anoraak- NERD
Clipse- Coast 2 Coast (DJ Dainjah Remix)
Damu The Fudgemunk- Pulse
Stacy Clark- Matter Of Time
Blind Pilot- One Red Thread
Groove Armada- Hands Of Time

White Lies- To Lose My Life

The latest in the Interpol-Editors-Glasvegas line, each one just not as good as its predecessor.

DOWNLOAD: White Lies- A Place To Hide

DOWNLOAD: White Lies- Death

DOWNLOAD: White Lies- Fifty On Our Forehead


Come out and support college radio at this FREE show put on by USC student radio KSCR, this Sunday 3/29 at Founders Park on campus. Who couldn't use an afternoon of fun in the sun in Watts?

Line Up:

Crystal Antlers
The Happy Hollows
Mika Miko
Blank Blue
Tijuana Panthers

Mastadon- Crack The Skye

DOWNLOAD: Mastadon- Oblivion

DOWNLOAD: Mastadon- The Czar

DOWNLOAD: Mastadon- Ghost of Karelia

Thursday, March 19, 2009

2nd Annual Roots Picnic- Philly

For all my Philly brethren, you have to go check this out. The line up is SICK.

The Roots (2 sets)
TV on the Radio
The Black Keys
Public Enemy (performing It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, backed by Antibalas and The Roots)
Dirty Magazine featuring Zoe Kravitz
Asher Roth
Back to Basics - King Britt & Dozia
Dave P.
Kid Cudi
and more...

Saturday, June 6th, 2pm
@ The Festival Pier, Penns Landing
Philadelphia, PA


LA Concert Calendar: Week of March 19th


Thursday 3/19
Anthony B @ The Coach House
Blue Oyster Cult @ The Grove of Anaheim
Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ Conga Room
Michael Schenker Group @ HOB Sunset
Rick Springfield @ Key Club

Friday 3/20
A-Trak @ Control (Avalon)
Four Tet @ Echo
Jeppe (of Junior Senior), Jean Paul Yamamoto @ Echoplex
Jon Brion @ Largo
The Adicts @ Key Club
The Coral Sea @ Spaceland
The Dan Band @ Avalon
Rakim y Ken-Y @ Club Nokia
Which One's Pink? @ Canyon Club
Paul Wall @ Knitting Factory
Blue Oyster Cult @ Canyon Club

Saturday 3/21
Calvin Harris @ Vanguard
OK GO, Longwave @ HOB Anaheim
Black Mountain @ Echoplex
Lee Ving of Fear @ Key Club
Thriving Ivory @ Glass House
Led Zepagain @ HOB Sunset
Blue October @ Club Nokia
Alice Russell @ Troubadour
Missy Higgins / Justin Nozuka @ Orpheum Theatre

Sunday 3/22
Blue October @ HOB Anaheim
Jaguar Love @ Space 15 Twenty
Alice Russell @ Detroit Bar
Blue Oyster Cult@ The Grove of Anaheim

Monday 3/23
Steel Panther @ Key Club
PJ Harvey & John Parish @ El Rey Theatre
Bishop Allen @ Troubadour

Tuesday 3/24
Brett Dennen @ HOB Sunset
Tricky @ HOB Anaheim
H.R. (of Bad Brains) @ Knitting Factory
Ten out of Tenn @ Troubadour
An Horse @ Echoplex
The Spinto Band @ Spaceland

Wednesday 3/25
Brett Dennen @ HOB Sunset
Tricky @ Henry Fonda Theatre
Marnie Stern, Starfucker @ The Echo
Tyga @ Roxy Theatre
Sam Roberts Band @ Troubadour

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A-Trak- Infinity +1 Mix

A-Trak's new mix entitled Infinity +1 is available on iTunes now, but grab a little 8 minute teaser mix below.

DOWNLOAD: A-Trak- Infinity +1 Mix Sampler

Also he is in LA this Friday at Control at The Avalon for all you party people who didn't go to SXSW.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

SXSW 2009 Preview

Have a Lone Star for me y'all.

Blind Pilot- One Red Thread

The Bloodsugars- Self Control (Laura Branigan Cover)

BLK JKS-Lakeside

The Courteeners- What Took You So Long?

Cousin Cole- Kanye West- Champion (Cousin Cole Acid Dub)

The Death Set- Intermission

The Enright House- Darkwave=MC Squared

Fol Chen- Cable TV

Futurecop!- NASA

He Say She Say- Crash Dummie

Hey Champ- Cold Dust Girl

The Little Ones- Ordinary Song

Longwave- Sirens In The Deep Sea

The Mae Shi- Run To Your Grave

Miami Horror- Make You Mine

Mike Posner- Drug Dealer Girl

My Federation- Bus Stop Lovers

Nosaj Thing- Aquarium

O+S- We Do What We Want To

Shout Out Out Out Out- Run

Telekinesis- Coast of Carolina

Vivian Girls- Where Do You Run To?

Wallpaper- A Million Dollars

We Have Band- Oh!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fischerspooner- Entertainment


DOWNLOAD:Fischerspooner- In A Modern World

DOWNLOAD: Fischerspooner- Supply & Demand

DOWNLOAD: Fischerspooner- The Best Revenge

Mike Posner & The Brain Trust

R&B singer Mike Posner and his band The Brain Trust just released their first mixtape A Matter Of Time.

Mike has the Daniel Merriweather- scratchy voiced white guy, street style thing going on, but I am not mad at it all. He has caught the eye of DJ Benzi (who made this mixtape with Mike), Kanye West and he is playing next week at SXSW.

Oh and he is a Junior at Duke. Definitely the coolest guy to ever come out of that nerd factory. (Sorry I am a Terps fan).

DOWNLOAD: Mike Posner & The Brain Trust- Drug Dealer Girl

DOWNLOAD: Mike Posner & The Brain Trust- Still Not Over You feat Eric Holljes

DOWNLOAD: Mike Posner & The Brain Trust- Evil Woman

DOWNLOAD: Mike Posner & The Brain Trust- Who Knows feat Big Sean

Royksopp- Junior

At first listen this is a little disappointing, nowhere near as good as Melody A.M. or The Understanding.

There are still a few heaters on it though, see below.

DOWNLOAD: Royksopp- Miss It So Much (feat Lykke Li)

DOWNLOAD: Royksopp- True To Life

DOWNLOAD: Royksopp- The Girl and the Robot (feat Robyn)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

LA Concert Calendar: Week of March 12th


Thursday 3/12
De La Soul @ Key Club
Yelle @ El Rey Theatre
Cursive @ Spaceland
Babasonicos @ Club Nokia
Elvis Perkins in Dearland @ Troubadour
Raul Malo @ HOB Sunset
Bodies of Water, Lake, Fol Chen @ Echo Curio
Horse Stories @ HOME
Willoughby @ Silverlake Lounge
Akron/Family @ Steve Allen Theater

Friday 3/13
HARD 13 (Diplo,Boys Noize, Erol Alkon, LA Riots) @ Shrine Expo Hall
The Twelves @ Avalon
Which One's Pink? @ HOB Anaheim
DJ Quik @ The Grove of Anaheim
Ben Weasel @ Knitting Factory
Mitchell Schaffer @ Key Club
Tindersticks @ Henry Fonda Theatre
Lady GaGa @ Wiltern
Cursive @ Troubadour
Millencolin @ El Rey Theatre
Pendulum @ Glass House
Cute is What We Aim For @ HOB Sunset
Simply Red @ Club Nokia
Gram Rabbit @ Echoplex
Si Hi, Telekenisis @ Echo

Saturday 3/14
Futurecop!, Miami Horror, Theophilus London @ Echoplex
Who's Bad? @ HOB Sunset
The Fenians @ HOB Anaheim
De La Soul @ Galaxy Concert Theatre
Asobi Seksu @ Troubadour
Lyrics Born @ The Mint
Pendulum @ Club Nokia
Ben Weasel @ Knitting Factory
Von Bondies @ Roxy Theatre
Dan Auerbach (of The Black Keys) @ El Rey Theatre
Young Dubliners @ Key Club
El Ten Eleven @ HOME

Sunday 3/15
Millencolin @ HOB Anaheim

Monday 3/16
Simian Mobile Disco @ Henry Fonda Theatre
Asobi Seksu @ Detroit Bar
Primal Scream @ Club Nokia
The Soundtrack of Our Lives @ Troubadour
Steel Panther @ Key Club
Great Northern @ Silverlake Lounge

Tuesday 3/17
Ladyhawke, Jeppe of Junior Senior @ Troubadour
David Archuleta @ Glass House
Mickey Avalon @ Roxy Theatre
Trail of Dead @ Echoplex
Skid Row @ Key Club
Kap Bambino @ The Viper Room

Wednesday 3/18
Midnite Theory @ Viper Room
Anthony B @ Echoplex
Taylor Hicks @ Roxy Theatre
Escape the Fate @ HOB Sunset

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

DJ Ayres- Fader Freestyle Mix

I'm going to Miami this weekend for some fun in the sun and this classic Freestyle mix from Ayres is really getting me in the mood. I may have to rent a convertible just so I can pump this on Ocean Drive.

DJ Ayres- Fader Freestyle Mix


Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam - I Wonder If I Take You Home
Exposé - Point Of No Return
TKA- Scars Of Love
The Cover Girls- Show Me
Connie- Funky Little Beat
Stacey Q- Two Of Hearts
Noel- Silent Morning (“Little" Louie Vega remix)
Taylor Dane- Tell It To My Heart

Monday, March 9, 2009

New Sticker!

Look out for this bad boy all over the place, no promo!

Email me (mikerog10 AT gmail dot com) if you'd like a handful to plaster in your town.

Fashen- White Light Four Mix


1 .Colours (Fred Falke Remix) - Hot Chip
2. Lion (Bag Raiders Remix) - ZZZ
3. Valentine (Plastic Fang Remix) - Justice
4. Paranoid (Pocketknife's House Mix) - Terence Trent D'arby
5. Love Is Not A Competition But I'm Winning (Nelson Grover Remix) - Kaiser Chiefs
6. Everything In Its Right Place (Gigamesh vs. Discotech Remix) - Radiohead
7. Forever - DVAS
8. Kids (Soulwax Remix) - MGMT
9. Circuit (Areoplane Remix) - David Rubato
10. This Boy's In Love (Lifelike Remix) - The Presets
11. Kilometer (A-Trak Remix) - Sebastien Tellier
12. I'm Good, I'm Gone (Fred Falke Remix) - Lykke Li
13. Survivor (Saint Pauli Remix) - Fare Soldi
14. Hold On (D.I.M. Remix) - Hot Chip
15. Class of 1984 (Anoraak Remix) - Futurecop!
16. Solid Gold - The Golden Filter
17. Shooting Stars - Bag Raiders
18. All To Vivid (Kill The Noise Remix) - VEGA
19. Paris Is Burning (Cut Copy Remix) - Ladyhawke
20. Pocket (The Presets Radio Mix) - Sam Sparro
21. Great Dj (Calvin Harris Remix) - Ting Tings
22. Happy Therapy (Lifelike Remix) - Demon
23. Crimewave - Crystal Castles vs. Health
24. Destination Part 2 - Damn Arms
25. Baby (Breakbot Remix) - Pnau

Friday, March 6, 2009

Phish- Hampton Coliseum 3/6/09


Download the full thing for free in high quality mp3s at

Set One:

Divided Sky
Chalk Dust Torture
Sample In A Jar
I Didn't Know
Oh Kee Pah Ceremony >
Suzy Greenberg
Train Song
Water In The Sky
Squirming Coil
David Bowie

Set Two:

Backwards Down The Number LIne
Theme From The Bottom
First Tube
Harry Hood
You Enjoy Myself


Bouncing Around The Room
Loving Cup

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Music That Makes You Dumb

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Books and Music That Make You Dumb

Anyone who has ever sought to justify their own musical or literary taste may find some solace in the side project of Virgil Griffith, a 25-year-old Caltech graduate student known for embarrassing numerous corporations with his WikiScanner, the database that tracks the sources of anonymous edits to Wikipedia entries.

With his two Web sites (which have crashed from too much traffic), and, Griffith used aggregated Facebook data about the favorite bands and books among students of various colleges and plotted them against the average SAT scores at those schools, creating a tongue-in-cheek statistical look at taste and intelligence.

For example, the favorite musician of the smartest students was Beethoven, with an average SAT score of 1371. Also on the “smart” end of the scale were Sufjan Stevens (1260), Counting Crows (1247), and Radiohead (1220). And sadly for Lil Wayne, enjoying his music was associated with being the dumbest, with an average SAT score of 889.

On the book front, Lolita was favorite tome of the brightest students (a result which Griffith called “charming”), with an average SAT score of 1317. The lowest-scoring students liked the erotica author Zane, with an average score of 980. And strangely, the students who listed their favorite book as “The Bible” were smarter (1047) than those who said it was “The Holy Bible” (980).

Ironically, students who wrote “I don’t read” in the space for favorite books were only slots 14 from the bottom in terms of SAT scores, meaning that there were 13 other favorite books that theoretically made students “dumber” than not reading books at all.

Griffith came up with the idea as a way to show how to take two separate sets of data that were pretty straightforward on their own — in this case, the average SAT score and the favorite books among students at various universities — and combine them to become more interesting. Griffith says, “Their unity is hilarity incarnate. This is to inspire people to think creatively about the data sets that are on the Internet.”

“Of course there is the whole correlation is not causation thing, but, I mean, duh,” he added.

He did find that he had to adjust his measurements and weigh schools according to how populous they were, because small liberal arts colleges were dominating the rankings. For example, Caltech, where he is currently pursuing a doctoral degree, had the highest average SAT score, at 1520, and the school’s favorite band was Radiohead — but with only 913 undergrads, it doesn’t weigh as heavily, as, say, Texas A&M, with more than 35,000 students.

As for his own place on the scale, Griffith’s favorite band is Daft Punk, which didn’t make it onto the list, and his SAT score was “actually fairly low — 1370 out of 1600. I’m actually a little embarrassed by it,” he wrote in an email message, though he then noted, “My GRE was a very acceptable 1490 out of 1600.” The bands that are on the list that he likes? “I actually like Tool a lot, and I see Tool is one of the dumber ones on there. That’s pretty charming.”

Griffith is used to creating controversy, or at least being accused of trying to stir it up — as the founder of WikiScanner, a database that tracks the IP addresses of anonymous Wikipedia editors, he revealed that the CIA, the Vatican, and staff of various members of Congress (among others) had made edits on the site to remove potentially sensitive information.

Monday, March 2, 2009

BLK JKS at First Fridays 3/6/09

LA area Afrobeat fans!

Catch BLK JKS at their first SoCal show as part of the very cool First Fridays series at the Natural History Museum.

More info is here.

A free lecture about "Finding Your Inner Fish," an open museum and BLK JKS tearing the house down, what a better way to start your weekend?